I've been busy making my annual Elderflower cordial and as it's so easy to make and delicious to drink I thought I would share the recipe with you! I make loads and put it in the freezer and then in the depths of winter when you need a bit of a lift and a reminder of summer, I defrost a bottle or two and make some up. It's particularly nice to have around Christmas time (eek can't believe I've written that!) as it makes a great punch with some lemonade and a good splosh of Vodka!
25 Elderflower heads, picked with the sun on them ( I often use more to increase the flavour)
3lbs granulated sugar
3pts cold water
2oz citric acid ( available from your local chemist)
2 lemons and 4 oranges, washed and sliced
Place water and sugar in a bucket with the sliced fruit. Use your hands or a wooden spoon to mix well, squeezing the fruit and helping to dissolve the sugar. Wash the flowers and remove the stalks, add to the liquid with the citric acid and stir. Leave to stand for 24 hours, stirring occasionally and squeezing the juice from the fruit with your hands. Finally strain and put into sterilised bottles. I usually freeze mine and sometimes I adjust the recipe and use equal oranges and lemons and slightly less sugar.
To serve - dilute to taste, delicious with sparkling water or lemonade and slices of lemon and lime.